• Published Date: 17 Apr 2019

               Competing against some of the world’s best buildings, two Housing & Development Board (HDB) developments, Kampung Admiralty and The Pinnacle@Duxton emerged winners at the Chicago-based Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat (CTBUH) Annual Awards Programme 2019 that was held in Shenzhen on 10 April 2019. The Awards recognize projects and individuals that have made extraordinary contributions to the advancement of the urban environment, achieve sustainability at the highest and broadest level, and have the greatest effect on the people who use them each day. Clinching three top awards out of 20 award categories, the honours were jointly received by HDB and respective consultants (WOHA for Kampung Admiralty, and Arc Studio architecture + urbanism and RSP Architects Planners & Engineers for The Pinnacle@Duxton).


    2          Integrated development Kampung Admiralty, emerged top in two award categories, the Urban Habitat: Single Site Scale and Best Tall Building for Mixed-Use Function, while The Pinnacle@Duxton was the winner of the 10-Year category. Surpassing competition from buildings all over the world, such as the 150 North Riverside in Chicago, Broadcasting Place in Leeds and Linked Hybrid in Beijing, HDB’s public housing developments were recognised for their positive contributions to the urban environment, and for advancing liveability and sustainability.


    3          HDB’s Chief Executive Officer, Dr Cheong Koon Hean said, “As the largest provider of housing in Singapore, HDB strives to build the best homes for our residents. Beyond well-designed flats, we also seek to provide Singaporeans with a high quality living environment that is green, liveable and sustainable. As we plan for the next phase of public housing, we will continue to push new frontiers in design, construction and technology – always with people at the centre.”


    An Urban Village for the Community


    Kampung Admiralty features for the first time in Singapore, the co-location of public housing for seniors with
    healthcare, wellness and commercial facilities. (Credit: Patrick Bingham-Hall)


    4          Awarded best in category for Urban Habitat: Single Site Scale and Best Tall Building for Mixed-Use Function, Kampung Admiralty was designed as a ‘vertical kampung’ to promote active living and encourage social interaction among the community. This first-of-its-kind development in Singapore integrates housing for seniors with a wide range of social, healthcare, communal, commercial and retail facilities.  The entire design facilitates interaction between residents and among different age groups.


    5          Occupying just 0.9 hectares of land area, the 11-storey development is designed with a tiered approach. It features a Community Plaza on the ground level that provides ample opportunities for residents to get together over activities, and a Medical Centre on the middle levels providing specialist medical care for the community. On the upper levels, an Active Ageing Hub and a Community Park serve to promote health and well-being and bind residents through a common hobby, while above them are apartments designed with the safety and comfort of seniors in mind.


    6          The innovative co-location of facilities under one roof, together with the generous provision of lush greenery and the integration of environmentally-friendly features such as solar panels and a rainwater harvesting system, have brought about positive contributions to the surrounding environment and enabled the residents to live healthy, active and meaningful lives.



    (Left) Seniors and children gardening together at the community farm
    (Right) Children from the childcare centre learning how to paint from a senior.
    (Credit: Housing & Development Board and NTUC Enterprise)


    Pinnacle of Public Housing in the City


    The Pinnacle@Duxton is an outstanding example of how HDB met the challenges of meeting housing needs in
    an urban setting with innovative solutions (Credit: Housing & Development Board)


    7          Completed in 2009, The Pinnacle@Duxton was conferred the Best Tall Building (Asia and Australasia) award by the CTBUH in 2010. Ten years on, it has been bestowed the 10-Year Award by the CTBUH Board of Trustees, who recognised the proven value and performance of the development over the last decade, across a wide range of criteria such as contribution to the urban realm, iconography, innovative engineering, and occupant satisfaction amongst others. Standing at 50 storeys or 163m high, the public housing development located in the heart of the city was a unique architectural and engineering endeavour. With 1,848 homes in seven high-rise residential blocks, the development is linked by a series of skybridges and sky gardens on the 26th and 50th floors, which at 500 metres each, form the world’s two longest sky gardens. Together, they provide a contiguous expanse of space amounting to two hectares, for community bonding, leisure and play in an otherwise constrained site on prime land.


    8          To break the monotony of the identical blocks, a variety of façade elements such as bay windows, planter boxes and balconies were arranged in a circuit board-like pattern, adding to the development’s distinctive look. In addition, the layering of social-communal facilities above ground level, provided a safe, vehicular-free area for residents’ enjoyment. In this way, space below ground could also be allocated for parking needs and other essential building services.  


    9          By intensifying the use of the site which once housed two 10-storey rental housing blocks, the development also provided a unique opportunity for many younger families to move to the city centre, thereby injecting vibrancy to the area. As a prototype that later inspired the development of other high-rise public housing projects such as SkyVille and SkyTerrace at Dawson among others, The Pinnacle@Duxton 10 years on continues to be a model of world class public housing.